Boston Celtics might just want to capitalize on this moment. A Kawhi-less Raptors will still be tough contenders but now look beatable. Celtics though have a few issues to address following Horford’s exit. Kawhi’s move to the West might have opened the door for Boston Celtics to put their stamp on Eastern Conference.
The loss of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford is no mean issue to address though. They still have Kemba Walker in their ranks along with youngsters Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But well, this could still be the moment for the league’s most under-performing team last season.
Exit of Stars chance to rebuild
Let’s have a look at what they have lost and what they are left with. This is also an insight into what they have taken to replace their losses. They have lost Kylie Irving to Brooklyn Nets. His replacement is Kemba Walker.
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) July 4, 2019
Having a closer look, there’s an marked difference between the two. Irving is a better playmaker and shooter than Walker. He’s also two years younger and a proven postseason performer. But Walker is still an All NBA replacement for the star.
The second prominent star leaving is Al Horford. His value is well known to Boston Celtics themselves who offered the 33 years old $109m for a 4-year deal. Horford is a class act in playmaking as well as an exuberant defender. His replacement is Kanter who is no match in defense. He is good enough in attacking but would need a lot from other teammates.
The new Gen brigade
Boston Celtics will probably look at their younger promising stock to carry them this season. Brown, Taytum and Harwarx will be looked upon for spacing, shooting and playmaking. Kanter especially is a brilliant rebounder and will provide a lot in the offence.
And Hayward can recapture his form of old, Celtics can definitely become a playoff team. But what more can they offer is something to see. Raptors aren’t still weak by any means, with Giannis at his best. Sixers have been buoyed by Horford’s entry and Heat also look good with Jimmy Butler. Boston Celtics have a tough task in hand even without Leonard in opposition.
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